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Diagnosis of Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C diagnostic tests are used to prevent infection through testing of donor's blood and plasma. Hepatitis C is diagnosed in two steps using blood tests. The first step is called ELISA (Enzyme Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay) to antibodies against hepatitis C. Antibodies are cells which is caused to be produced by your body's immune system when your body is infected by something that it does not recognize. The presence of antibodies confirms that virus has been in the blood, but they can't confirm that the virus is still there. It can take several weeks to develop the hepatitis C antibodies after getting infected by the Hepatitis C virus. A negative ELISA should be repeated in 3 months if the person has had an exposure.

Recombinant Immunoblot Assay (RIBA) is a test designed to identify the antibodies which react with individual Hepatitis C antigens and it is used as a supplemental test to confirm ELISA (Enzyme Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay) test.

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